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Mary Jones named Wyandanch acting superintendent; Dickerson out

The Wyandanch Board of Education has named Mary Jones the district's acting superintendent -- replacing Pless Dickerson, who had led the district since he took over from Jones in 2010, school officials confirmed Thursday.

Wyandanch board members, in a letter Thursday to staff members, announced that Jones was named to the post and that Dickerson was out.

Dickerson, 65, who separately is a trustee of the Westbury school board and is that board's current vice president, did not return calls for comment.

Jones has been employed by the district for 18 years and previously served as assistant superintendent for human resources and secondary curriculum, and as middle school principal. She did not return calls for comment.

"Recently, some hard decisions were made regarding the superintendent of schools," read the letter signed by the Wyandanch Board of Education and sent to the district's union leaders. "Please understand that this was not an easy task to consider, however, we believe that this was a sound decision for the betterment of the Wyandanch School District."

The board voted 5-1 to approve Jones as acting superintendent, with one abstention, according to school officials.

Nancy Holliday, the board's president, and other board members could not be reached for comment Thursday.

In 2010, Jones was ousted as interim superintendent in a surprise move. Dickerson, who had served as district administrator in charge of curriculum, was named interim.

Scott O'Brien-Curcie, president of the Wyandanch Teachers Association, said Thursday, "I have the utmost respect for Dr. Jones, and the Wyandanch Teachers Association looks forward to our continued working relationship. In my opinion, Dr. Dickerson did an excellent job given the circumstances. He was reasonable and fair and it was a pleasure to work with him."

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